100 Years Ago In November 1918

01 Nov 100 Years Ago In November 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in November, 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the Indiana Room at the Main Library. Staff will be glad to help you access it.

November 1-10

Washington is extremely confident that the world war, so far as actual fighting is concerned, will end during the current month.

The state board of health closing order expires at midnight. Churches will be open for services, picture houses will be bright with light, and schools will be opened.

Austria-Hungary is completely disarmed under terms of the armistice announced this afternoon. She is compelled to surrender all prisoners of war without reciprocity.

Germany must immediately decide whether she wants peace or continuation of the war until she is completely crushed.

Two lives are sacrificed in a crossing tragedy in New Carlisle. The family members were part of a gypsy outfit traveling across the country in automobiles.

The stock market closes at 2:30 this afternoon following the circulation of an erroneous report that Germany had accepted the armistice terms of the allies and the United States.

While on his way home on his bicycle, Attorney W. C. Ransburg was struck by a delivery auto. He was taken in the ambulance to his home on McCollum street.

The kaiser has abdicated. The German ruler renounced his throne today.

President Woodrow Wilson writes “finis” to the participation of the United States in the bloodshed of the world war.

November 12-17

As a part of the coming peace conference, President Wilson will prevent the fear of famine of the Germans.

About 400 soldier boys will spend Sunday in La Porte. If you would like to have guests for dinner or open your home for some for an hour, please contact the Home Hospitality Service.

The county health officer says there is an average of 20 new cases of Spanish influenza being reported daily covering cases in La Porte and Michigan City. The disease causes one death daily.

President Wilson has a narrow escape from death when he stood in the path of a landing bombing airplane. His wife became unnerved, so he left for the white house.

In the demobilization plan, men will leave the camps at the rate of 30,000 per day for the next two weeks.

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is now entirely free of Germans.

November 19-24

Seven hundred laborers on their way from Montana to West Virginia where they expect to work in the big munition plant passes through La Porte in a special train of eighteen coaches.

The boys at Interlaken are gone. Within a few days the only evidences of the soldier camp will be the buildings, old and new, which were the habitation of the boys who wore the khaki.

Germany surrenders the bulk and pride of her navy, 400 ships, to the allies.

The number of new influenza epidemic cases will reach at least 50 today and there will be an increase in the number of deaths. Limited church services will be held on the coming Sabbath.

The city health officer says there were only 40 new cases of influenza and four deaths today. There are 4000 cases in Michigan City. In one of that city’s plants, 500 men are off with the flu.

H. R. Klocksiem, quality grocer, Masonic temple, has ducks, geese and chickens dressed by farmers who know how for your Thanksgiving dinner. Free prompt auto delivery.

November 26-30

It has been said that the constitution makes it mandatory upon Vice President Marshall to assume the office of the president if Mr. Wilson leaves the United States to attend the peace conference.

The board of health says churches will be closed next Sabbath and stores are forbidden to conduct any sales because they attract crowds in hopes of stamping out the disease.

Belle Gunness bobs up again. A man in Oregon harbors the delusion that she is alive. It has been a long, long time since any man has had the temerity to make inquiry on Murder Hill farm.